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Saltalamacchia's HR lifts Tigers over White Sox 4-3

Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 12:49

Unfortunately 2016 doesn't resolve the JaCoby Jones Enigma.

He would've had no trouble reaching home plate without even dirtying his uniform, but that didn't stop JaCoby Jones from executing an exuberant head-first slide as he scored the game-winning run for the Detroit Tigers in the club's 3-2 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

In this afternoon's series finale Justin Verlander gets the nod for Detroit and Chicago counters with their ace Chris Sale. When they have a chance to get more runs, they come up with a big hit.

Bruce Rondon (5-2) picked up the win in relief of Daniel Norris, who allowed three runs in five innings. Sweep the series, and they'd be.500 and 3½ games behind Detroit. Ranaudo gave up only one hit until Ian Kinsler's two-out, two-run homer in the fifth. That cut Chicago's lead in half. So of course Ventura had him start the sixth, and J.D.

Verlander did not allow another baserunner after Avila's home run. Kyle Ryan pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Francisco Rodriguez set the White Sox down in the top of the ninth. On the positive side Jones has come a long way with the glove, cutting down on mental mistakes and showing the range and arm strength of a quality shortstop.

The rookie wasted no time punching a double to the right field gap, excitedly clapping his hands. Tyler Collins hit a sacrifice fly to left, and Jones slid across home plate with the victor.

The Tigers were held to one hit until Kinsler's two-out, two-run shot in the fifth. Saladino gave the White Sox the lead back the following inning with his eighth home run, which landed in the visitor's bullpen in left center.Detroit began a stretch in which it plays 26 of 29 games against American League Central Division opponents.

Kyle Hendricks allowed three hits with four strikeouts over seven innings as the Cubs downed visiting Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, 3-0.

Jones is the fourth player in franchise history with a double in each of his first two games, and the first since Quintin Berry in 2012.

"Alex having caught me a lot, cheated a little bit to that first pitch heater in, and that's fine", Verlander said.

"It took us a while to get going against Ranaudo, because he had the curveball working, he was erratic with his fastball and he was mixing in a changeup and a slider", Kinsler said. Arguably, he's helping to drive the bus.

Play Of The Game: J.D.

"Clearly in two games, it's been his bat", Ausmus said.

Jones' hit and his mom's reaction isn't the entire story, though. That's because with everything on the line, he's been able to get the job done.

After a day after doubling, singling and driving in two runs in his debut, Jones scored twice to help the Tigers complete a three-game sweep. Impressive stuff from the youngster.

Describe the game in three words: Walk off woes. "It's just excitement, joy". I know what (Andrew) Romine is.

The fans in Comerica Park were going insane, and the Tigers came rushing out of the dugout. RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-13) takes the mound against Danny Duffy (11-2) of the Royals on Friday night. He has 15 RBIs in 27 games in that stretch. It also increases awareness about cancer prevention and the progress being made in the fight against the disease.

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